Donald Trump’s controversial 1990 divorce from Ivana Trump is in the spotlight yet again.
This time, USA Today’s parent company and the New York Times have filed a request with the New York Supreme Court to unseal the court records relating to the divorce.
The media’s request comes out of a long history of tension over the exact terms of the split. Soon after the divorce, Ivana claimed that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her while they were married. This incident, Ivana claimed, was one of the factors contributing to the divorce.
Ivana and Donald reached an out-of-court settlement over this controversy some years ago. Now, Ivana has gone back on her claims of sexual assault and says that she and Donald “remain close friends.”
The out-of-court settlement may very well have included dramatic terms of non-disclosure. In other words, under such terms, all parties involved are legally forced to leave the controversy at hand behind, being legally forbidden from even noting the issue in any context whatsoever.
Trump is known for being a lover of these kinds of legal terms. Employing non-disclosure agreements allows for Trump to silence those who, like Ivana, know intimate details about his private life.
Trump, of course, has good reason to be concerned with someone potentially revealing personal information about him. What has already come out in no uncertain terms reveals that the Republican presidential candidate is even more of a monster than his open racism and sexism may suggest.
Thus, with all of this in mind, there is really no way to tell if Ivana was forced to go back on her allegations by a non-disclosure agreement or not.
As the media companies responsible for the request to unseal the divorce-related records note:
‘It would be deeply incongruous to American democracy to bar the public from seeing the official court records pertaining directly to the credibility and character of a person they must soon decide whether to elect as their president.’
Sexual assault isn’t the only issue circulating around Trump’s 1990 divorce.
Also longstanding are allegations that the businessman cheated on his wife. With Trump making Bill Clinton’s infidelity such a big issue, sickeningly blaming Hillary Clinton for it, the public, as Gannett Co. and the New York Times Co. note, deserves to know the truth about this allegation.
It’s not that Trump’s supporters care much about his morals. As some have proudly proclaimed, Trump’s most committed supporters would still back him even if he “shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue.”
The people it does matter to are the people who are considering casting their vote for Trump while “holding their nose,” so to speak.
Hatred for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton runs so deep among many on the left that there are some — not many, but some — who do not fear a Trump presidency and are considering either supporting him outright or ignoring the consequence of their vote.
Although the possibility of a Trump win is slim, it is still real. With Trump’s personal volatility trying to make its way to the White House, voters deserve to know the details of his 1990 divorce — and just how much of a scumbag the presidential candidate really is.
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